Talked about peaceful co-existence with U.S. in trade, research, medicine, and space
believed in détente = an easing of tensions with U.S.
Used to be head of KGB (Soviet secret service)
made changes in the party and the nation and he talked about perestroika(restructuring the Soviet economy) and glasnost(openness in discussing problems in USSR)
One of the last WWII veterans to become a Soviet Leader